Hard screen protector or soft one like invisible shield?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by nhw, May 25, 2010.

  1. nhw macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2004

    I Want to buy a screen protector for my iPad. I notice on ebay they sell the hard kind screen protectors for really cheap. Do you guys know any difference with the hard screen protector vs soft one like IS?

    Thank you -
  2. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    I prefer the stiff plastic variety similar to Power Support Screen Overlays. They have better fit and finish IMHO. Those of the soft vinyl variety have the tendency to stretch and not quite line up with the edges of the screen and home button.

    Also plastic overlays are reusable while vinyl overlays are a one shot deal.

    Word of advice, plastic or vinyl, get the good stuff. I say stay away from eBay.
  3. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
  4. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    What he means by hard is stiff plastic like Power Support.
  5. Lotuskid macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2010
    I have always been a fan of the 'soft' kind. For what it's worth i have a bodyguardz on mine, and i was able to remove the protector off the glass screen to clean it a few days after i originally apllied it, and then reapply it. But yeah they're meant to be put on and stay on

    i recommend bodyguardz or phantomskinz over invisible shield, both are cheaper and both have a smoother surface.

    Good luck
  6. d00m42 macrumors regular


    May 16, 2010
    Miami, FL
    I would go with the "hard plastic" ones, like the SGP or Powersupport films, especially the anti-glare ones. They are usually pretty easy to apply without bubbles if you do so carefully (look up a guide on YouTube). They provide really good protection, and not much bulk. The anti-glare ones really eliminate most glare as well, and even eliminate most fingerprints!
  7. Heaven32 macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2010
    Also you can check out skinomi - They make a screen protector that's comparable to the Invisible Shield, and that's what my friend uses.
  8. circularforward macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    Here is an iLounge review of a few screen protectors, including hard and soft ones. Also, another review that compares the quality of different films. In general, you get what you pay for.

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